(from ONE magazine May 2007)
Posted: 22 May 2007
Parishioners survey the damages to Mar Elias Greek Orthodox Church in the southern village of Khiam.
(photo: Nasser Nassar/AP Images)
Three German Catholic agencies have pledged funds to support postwar reconstruction efforts in Lebanon. The Archdiocese of Cologne has pledged €267,500; Missio Aachen, €260,000; and Church in Need, €125,000.
The contributions came in response to a 30-page report that assessed the damages to Lebanon’s churches and related institutions as a result of last summer’s fighting between Hezbollah and Israel.
Issam Bishara, Pontifical Mission’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, presented the report in January to a Rome meeting of Catholic donor agencies serving the Eastern churches.
These pledges compliment funds already collected for CNEWA’s Lebanese Relief Fund, which include $240,000 from our European partners and $952,000 from our generous North American donors.
CNEWA’s Pontifical Mission office in Beirut is coordinating reconstruction efforts with leaders of Lebanon’s Catholic and Orthodox churches.Tags: Lebanon Relief